Restaurant takings targeted in robberies

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 July, 2002, 12:00am

More than $500,000 was stolen in a series of robberies at restaurants yesterday.

Three of the raids, which took place within an hour of each other, involved ambushes on staff carrying company money bags to banks.

In a fourth robbery, two men reportedly armed with knives broke into a hot-pot restaurant in Des Voeux Road, Central, and tied up a 60-year-old security guard. They forced open the safe with hammers and screwdrivers and took $210,000, the owner said.

At 10am, a staff member of a Causeway Bay restaurant carrying $210,000 was ambushed by four men and beaten to the ground before the gang fled with the money. The victim, 46, was treated for head injuries at Tang Shiu Kin hospital.

At the same time in Chui Chuk Street, Tsz Wan Shan, two restaurant employees carrying $90,000 were hit from behind with an unknown object by two men who escaped in a car with the money.

The two employees, a 61-year-old man and a woman, 40, were treated for minor injuries at Queen Elizabeth hospital.

Half an hour later, in Pacific Place, Admiralty, two men armed with what appeared to be a gun confronted two women shop staff. The bandits grabbed the money bag containing $40,000 and fled. Police combed the shopping mall without success.

Police said no arrests had been made. A spokesman said it was not known if any of the robberies were linked.